SB 1070 – relating to Fuel Terminals
On Wednesday, April 30th, SB 1070, relating to Fuel Terminals, by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-New Port Richey) passed the House by a 112-5 vote. The bill now heads to the Governor for consideration.
This bill would declare fuel terminals located in or next to Florida’s ports as critical state infrastructure. It goes further to allow for expansion of existing fuel terminals within the terminals property boundaries, while limiting local governments’ regulation of permitting although nothing in the bill will prevent local government from enforcing state and federal safety standards.
AIF supports terminals being designed as critical infrastructure preempting local governments from changing the land use designation. Terminals are essential components to petroleum logistics, and Florida's energy portfolio, enabling the bulk transfer of the 27 million gallons of gasoline and diesel into Florida each day for further distribution.